Sophos AntiVirus for Mac Home Edition & iMac Standby Issues


Several weeks ago I installed Sophos AntiVirus for Mac Home Edition on my iMac. I chose it because I was somewhat familiar with Sophos and I knew that I needed a working malware program (I was using an older version of McAfee Security on my previous iMac but that version wasn’t compatible with Lion).

Since I installed it I began to notice odd issues with bringing my Mac out of standby. It could have been a coincidence but the only other changes I’ve made to the system were some recent system updates.

Today, once again, the system didn’t wake. Previous issues also included the system partially waking but the mouse cursor would change to a spinning wheel and I couldn’t do anything except move the cursor.

After I restarted the iMac the system offered to send a crash report to Apple. I went ahead and let it but I viewed the details before sending. While I didn’t read the information closely it looked like it was possibly caused by the Sophos updater process.

To try to work around the problem I changed some Energy Saver settings. My iMac is on a UPS and I noticed the UPS configuration options were a little different from the standard power options. I disabled the option to allow the hard drive to sleep and then saved the changes.

With those changes in place it’s now just a matter of waiting to see if it happens again.

Should You Change Your CPAP/APAP Settings?


Should you? Do you have a right to do this? Can it benefit you? For a more expanded opinion please visit my Living with a CPAP page.

Here’s the short answer:

It depends, but probably not.

Personally, I think patients should be able to monitor CPAP stats and make minor adjustments if the stats show areas where an improvement can be made (for example, increasing the minimum pressure supplied by an automatic CPAP device (APAP).

But here’s why you probably shouldn’t do this. If your DME and/or insurance company requires proof of compliance via downloading machine usage data then you shouldn’t change anything. Yes, it’s easy, but the insurance company might be able to declare that the act of changing settings is non-compliant (or they could claim that you’re not in compliance because you changed your settings). You might lose coverage or at the least have a lot of explaining to do.

When should you do this? My best guess is only if you’re not dealing with an insurance company or if you don’t have to report compliance data to any other party.

I hope this information helps. If you’re not sure then just contact your DME or sleep doctor.